Is hate speech protected speech at Kent State? Are faculty, students and staff free to speak hate?

  • The First Amendment protects hate speech, no matter how offensive it is. However, The First Amendment does not protect threats of violence, harassment or actual violence. 
  • As a public university, Kent State may not ban hate speech. Nor do we endorse or condone an opinion or point of view represented by a speaker.
  • As part of our core values, we aspire for all members of the Kent State community to value the freedom of expression and free exchange of ideas with respect, kindness and purpose.